About Badrachalam Temple of Sree Seetaramachandra Swamy
Badrachalam is famous throughout India for its temple of Sree
Seetaramachandra Swamy. Situated on the left bank of the mighty river Godavari.
It is a place of pilgrimage for Hindus, as it is considered to be one of the
greatest holy shrines in South India with a historical background. On
Sreeramanavami (marriage anniversary celebrations of Lord Rama and his consort
Sitadevi) an estimated three lakh people congregate here to witness the holy
"Kalyana Mahotsavam" marriage ceremony.
The puranic and historic facts relate that Lord Rama long after he had shed his mortal coils manifested himself to
savehis devotee Bhadra Maharshi whom he promised ‘moksha’ after intensive
prayer. That is why the village is named after Bhadra as Bhadradri or
Bhadrachlam. It is said that Srirama appeared in a dream to a woman called
Pokala Dammakka and informed her about the existence of idols on Bhadragiri
hills. To her surprise she found the idols and out up a modest structure. This
was the origin of the present temple.
Later in the 17th century Gopanna commonly
known as Ramdas had spent 6 lakhs of rupees to renovate the temple. He was the
tahsildar in the court of Abul Hassan Tanashah and the money he spent for
renovating the temple was the revenue collected by him. Instead of remitting the
money to the government treasury, he utilized the amount for the temple because
of which he was arrested. One can still see the cell where he was confined in
the Golconda fort. At this juncture Srirama himself appeared in Tanashah’s dream
produced a receipt which denoted payments of the amount back to the king in the
shape of gold coins known as ‘Ramamada’ in ‘Rama Tenki’. Next morning the Sultan
personally came to the cell where Ramdas was interned and released him. The
Sultan was awe struck by this miracle and bestowed a number of gifts on Gopanna
and also restored him to his position of Tahsildar. He also announced annul
grants to the temple which continued under Nizam’s Government. Some of the
jewels like ‘Kalikiturai, Pachala Pathakam, Chintaku Pathakam’ presented to Lord
Rama and Sita by Ramadas are still preserved in the temple and they can be seen
How to reach Badrachalam Temple?
- Air : Nearest airport: Vijayawada (201 km).
- Rail : Kothagudem is the nearest Railhead at a distance of 40 km.
- Bus : State buses every hour from Kothagudem, which is connected with,
Vijayawada, Khammam, Hyderabad, Machilipatnam, Tenali, Kakinada, Nalgonda.
Mahatma Gandhi Memorial bus station (Gawliguda): Reservation 040-24734158,
Enquiries 040-24618685, 040-24614406, Alighting Point 040-24601919
Jubilee Bus Station: Enquiries & Reservations: 040-27802203